IIM Lucknow Interview Experience – Avik Mandal (IIM Lucknow, PGP 2017-2019)
Venue: Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata
Date & Time: 4th March 2017 Morning Slot
WAT topic: GDP growth is not the measurement of happiness. I have prepared this kind of topics during my preparation & so my WAT went very good. However, only 15 minutes time was given for WAT.
I had an interview panel comprising of 2 professors (P1: Female & professor of Marketing at IIM L; P2: Male & a professor of Operations at IIM L)
(My panel number was 5 & I was 5th to enter for the interview in my panel out of 7 members)
Went in and greeted the panel.
P2: So, you have more than 3 years of work experience. You should go for executive MBA via GMAT. Don’t waste your time in PGP.
Me: Explained about my passion for MBA in the IIMs. Also explained the importance of PGP course and the future benefits of it. (The panellists seemed to be not satisfied).
P1: Tell us about your job responsibilities in BPCL.
Me: Explained in detail about my job responsibilities in BPCL. Briefed my job responsibilities in domains of Supply chain management, Operations Management, Project Management & HSSE. The panellists were seemed to be happy.
P2: So, Avik do you remember calculus?
Me: Yes.(I have gone through the basics of Mathematics)
P2: Ok. That’s nice. Write the integration by parts formula(Gave me a pen and paper).
Me: Wrote the formula.
P1: Ok. So, you remember the formula. That’s very good Avik. Now tell me about L Hospital Theorem of limit.
Me: Explained the formula in writing.
P1: Ok. Then solve the problem using L Hospital (gave a problem on Limits)
Me: Solved successfully.
P2: Think that you are selected in IIM L. What specialisation you will like to choose?
Me: I have not yet decided about it. I will go through all the subjects in the 1st year and then I will decide. But now if you ask me I will say that I have slide inclination towards Strategy.
P2: Why Strategy? Why not others?
Me: Explained the importance of corporate strategy in the company. Gave the example of Nokia & explained how due to lack of proper strategy the company failed to sustain in the market.
P1: (Taking the Nokia example) Do you think this is the only reason for this?
Me: Explained some more reasons. But P1 was not fully satisfied.
P2: You are from West Bengal. So, tell me about your views on Mamta Banerjee?
Me: Explained in brief the recent initiatives about Mamta Banerjee. Also explained my views about those initiatives. (The panellists were happy)
P1: Ok, Avik. Thank You. You can leave now.
Me: Thank you!!!
Verdict: Converted in the 1st list!!!
About the author:
I am a Mechanical Engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with 3.5 years of work experience in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. In IIM Lucknow, I am Core Member of Media & Communication Cell. My hobbies are Photography and Sketching.